A Look Back at January 2021

I’ve long thought that ‘Blue Monday’ and the concept of January being a depressing month was a self-fulfilling prophecy. It’s a belief I’ve found wavering this month however, while I sit at home, in lockdown, with the future uncertain.

I don’t mind admitting that I’ve found motivation hard to come by this month. First I found it hard to shake the post-Christmas haze of over-indulging in food and putting off tasks, then we got into January and the UK went back into lockdown, and the longer this goes on, the harder it seems to get to actually want to watch films to review.

I persevered though, mainly in spite of myself, which is how I’ve gotten to this point anyway, a need to prove to myself that I can do something. I was in initially helped by my fiancé’s suggestion that we re-watch the Harry Potter films, giving me at least something to talk about, in lieu of new releases.

There does seem to be an upturn in digital releases of new films though, so I might get around to watching a few soon. Wonder Woman 1984 in particular is on my watch list, but while I keep waiting for new stuff, I have a pile of films to get through at home to keep me going, as long as I can continue to motivate myself.

Film of the Month: Soul (2020) – Directed by Pete Docter

Pixar once again sets the bar high for animation, and got the year off to a great start in terms of streaming releases. It did face competition from Prisoner of Azkaban and They Shall Not Grow Old but this is the film that most sticks with me from January.

In the next month, I’ll be looking at some more war films, courtesy of my movie dealer Ian, and trying to catch up with streaming releases again.I’m also working on my ‘Evolution of Animation’ series that I haven’t touched for a while, which I hope you all enjoy.

Thanks for reading, as always!

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